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New Jersey State Profile

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Population

  • With 8,717,925 residents in 2005, New Jersey is the 10th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of New Jersey grew 3.6 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate below the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • New Jersey is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 66.4% 65.7% 65.1% 64.4% 63.8% 63.2%
Hispanic, Latino 13.4% 13.8% 14.1% 14.5% 14.9% 15.2%
African-American 13.3% 13.3% 13.3% 13.2% 13.2% 13.2%
Native American, AK Native 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Asian, Pacific Islander 5.9% 6.2% 6.4% 6.7% 6.9% 7.2%
Two or More Races 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 1.0% 1.0% 1.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

New Jersey - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The three largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in New Jersey are New York City (New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island), Trenton-Ewing, and Atlantic City.
  • The New York City MSA – with a population of more than 18 million – extends well into northern New Jersey and includes the city of Newark, NJ.
  • The estimated population in Trenton (the Capital of NJ) in 2005 was 366,256 – the 134th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Atlantic City was the 164th largest metropolitan area with 271,015 residents.

New Jersey - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, New Jersey ranked 3rd among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($41,626 per resident).
  • New Jersey’s personal income relative to the U.S. average rose steadily from 118 percent in 1960 to 126 percent in 2004 (falling slightly in the last several years) – see below.

Personal Income per Capita in New Jersey as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
New Jersey per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, New Jersey has the 4th lowest percentage of its total population living in poverty (8.7%) and the 7th lowest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (11.8%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

New Jersey - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, New Jersey ranked 6th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (89.4%).
  • New Jersey ranked 3rd in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (37.7%) and 6th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (13.5%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, New Jersey has higher percentages of adults who have completed bachelors, graduate, and professional degrees (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – New Jersey and the U.S. Average
New Jersey education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

New Jersey - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, New Jersey had the 18th lowest unemployment rate of all states – 4.4 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, New Jersey has larger percentages of its workforce employed in management, professional, and sales and office occupations and smaller percentages employed in service, construction, production, and agriculture occupations (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • The distribution of employment by industry reveals a similar pattern of employment – with larger percentages of New Jersey’s employment in the education and healthcare, professional, and finance industries and smaller percentages employed in retail, manufacturing, and construction industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • New Jersey ranked 6th among the states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

New Jersey - Health and Well-Being

  • 15.3 percent of New Jersey residents do not have health insurance – the 19th highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 21.9 percent of New Jersey residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – lower than the national average of 23.1 percent. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In New Jersey, 210 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – higher than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of New Jersey residents (322 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complication from 2000 to 2002 – lower than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), New Jersey ranked 15th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

New Jersey - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, New Jersey had the 26th highest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (356 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 2,429 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in New Jersey – below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • New Jersey had the 11th lowest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 308 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in New Jersey has declined substantially relative to the U.S. average since 1995 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – New Jersey and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – New Jersey and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

New Jersey Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in New Jersey ranges from $27,224 in Cumberland County to $59,384 in Hunterdon County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 12.6 percent in Cumberland County to 47.9 percent in Morris County (a ratio of nearly 4 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

New Jersey Counties

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